Hso Hkam lives in Venice, California, where he specializes in filmmaking, photography, painting, and drawing. Hso was born in Yangoon, Myanmar (also known as Burma), where he is the 19th Saopha of Lawksawk (Shan prince), whose lineage dates back to 1630. Following the Burmese Military Regime’s push into power, the Hkam family left Burma in order to escape incarceration and execution due to their privileged royal status. At age 11, Hso and his family moved to the United States where they were granted political asylum.
Raised by Oxford educated parents, Hso’s upbringing provided him with cultural and intellectual exposure. He excelled in academics and sports, receiving an athletic scholarship for tennis at the University of Illinois at Chicago and continued his education at the UCLA and received his BFA. Hso is a member of the Zeta Psi Fraternity.
Hso has designed graphics for legendary Zephyr Skateboards, Venice Surf and Skate Association, and others. His film credits include festival favorite, Ghostown and Ground Bloom Flower. Fightin'4 the Forty earned him the Audience Choice Award at the Malibu Film Festival. In 2013, History is Myth won best short film at the Other Venice Film Festival and his feature directorial debut Money was completed. Hso has created over 100 video contents/documentaries for LAWeekly publication. The Association of Alternative Newsmedia awarded Theotis Beasley: Pro Skater, 1st place Short Form Documentary in 2018.
Hsofilms • LA Weekly • Retrospective won Best Documentary Film at Santa Monica International Film Festival 2018.
Loyal to his Burmese heritage, Hso maintains his originality by living by the mantra expressed by his idol, Bruce Lee, “Always be yourself, always express yourself, and do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it".